Episode 1 – How to Think by Alan Jacobs
In this episode Seth and Josh discuss Alan Jacobs' recent book, “How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds.”
Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a Resident Fellow of Baylor's Institute for the Studies of Religion.
He has written widely on the intersection of technology and theology, the pleasures of reading in an age of distraction, a cultural history of the doctrine of original sin, Christians in the academic world, a biography of C.S. Lewis' imagination, and much more.
In describing “How to Think”, Jacobs notes the following:
Thinking is hard, really hard, and there are a thousand forces at work preventing us from doing it. But we can all think better. And if we learn to think together, then maybe we can learn to live together too.
Here are some of my key themes:
- the dangers of thinking against others
- the need to find the best people to think with
- the error of believing that we can think for ourselves
- how thinking can be in conflict with belonging
- the dangers of words that do our thinking for us
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